The new pre-charge bail regime

15 May 2017

With Brexit and a general election looming, nothing is certain in the criminal law. We have seen sweeping changes, particularly in relation to bail, which are arguably more complicated and achieve less than originally contemplated.

Most defence practitioners believe that many clients are going to find themselves in a different type of limbo: rather than being held on bail, they are likely to be released without bail but subject to ongoing investigation. As this update is written, defence lawyers and police officers are starting to deal with the first 28-day reviews of bail decisions made in the earliest days of the new regime.

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